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Sachini Bandara, PhD

  • Assistant Scientist

Departmental Affiliations

Contact Information

624 N. Broadway
Hampton House 357
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


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PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2018
MS, Harvard School of Public Health, 2011
BA, University of California, Berkeley, 2007


Sachini Bandara is an Assistant Scientist in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The overarching goal of her research is to improve the well-being of individuals with mental illness and substance use disorder, particularly individuals involved in the criminal justice system. She conducts policy implementation and evaluation research focused on improving access to high quality treatment services and social safety-net programs. She also conducts communication research examining how communication strategies influence public stigma toward, and support for policies that benefit, people with mental health or substance use conditions.

Honors and Awards

2013-2018 JHSPH Brown Community Health Scholars Program

  • mental illness
  • substance use
  • criminal justice
  • social policy
  • Medicaid, policy communication

Selected Recent Publications

  • Bandara SN, Kennedy-Hendricks A, Stuart EA, Barry CL, Abrams MT, Daumit GL, McGinty EE. (2020) The Effect of the Maryland Medicaid Health Home Program on Emergency Department and Inpatient Utilization Among Individuals with Serious Mental Illness. General Hospital Psychiatry.
  • Bandara SN, McGinty EE, Barry CL. (2020) Message Framing to Reduce Stigma and Increase Support for Policies to Improve the Wellbeing of People with Prior Drug Convictions. International Journal of Drug Policy.
  • Bandara SN, Samples H, Crum, R, Saloner B. (2018) Is Screening and Intervention Associated with Treatment Receipt Among Individuals with Alcohol Use Disorder? Evidence from a National Survey. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 92: 85-90.
  • Bandara SN, Daumit GL, Kennedy-Hendricks A, Linden S, Choksy S, McGinty EE. (2018) Mental Health Providers' Attitudes about Criminal Justice-Involved Clients with Serious Mental Illness. Psychiatric Services, 69(4), 472-475.
  • Bandara SN, Huskamp HA, Riedel LE, McGinty EE, Webster DW, Toone RE, Barry CL. (2015) Leveraging the Affordable Care Act to Enroll Justice-Involved Populations in Medicaid: State and Local Efforts. Health Affairs, 34(12) 2044-2051.